Posted by: Nick Redfern on August 22nd, 2013
Over at Mysterious Universe, Lee Arnold has a 2-part article that is titled “What Qualifications are Required to be a Cryptozoologist?”
Part 1 can be found here, and starts like this:
“Going into my conversation with Cryptozoologist Scott Marlowe, I expected him to spend half of the call defending the reliability of eye-witness accounts, and claiming the volume of cryptid sightings is evidence enough that something undiscovered is out there. That wasn’t the case at all. Marlowe is a staunch advocate of real science being used to answer the questions posed in cryptozoology. So when I asked him to help me understand what a cryptozoologist does, what the requirements for becoming a cryptozoologist include, and what impact television cryptozoology has on the crypto community, he was more than happy to oblige.”
And here’s part 2, which begins as follows:
“The image of cryptozoologists we’re fed by television is colored with successful hunts for clues, mysteries at every turn, and multiple sightings over short periods of time. The claims made by some of these TV-created experts are so outrageous the average high school biology class could flex enough scientific knowledge to discredit them. The problem for cryptozoologists is it only takes one of these unqualified TV-cryptos to use his pearlescent smile and snarky, ‘Kiss Me, I’m a Cryptozoologist,’ name tag, to attract a swarm of media for a very public display of very bad information, thus giving everyone in the cryptozoology community a black eye.”
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